The Sheraton Dubai Creek

Having been to Dubai a few times, on this trip we decided to stay somewhere different and opted to be Creekside at the five star Sheraton Dubai Creek Hotel. With its nautical boat shape, the Sheraton Dubai Creek is a gorgeous, luxurious hotel with its plush interiors, variety of restaurants and bars, as well as amenities such as a gym and a spa.

It was one of the first five star hotels in Dubai, and has remained popular since 1978. It  is located within walking distance of Dubai Metro, which is convenient.

You can get to Bur Dubai in 3 minutes, and to the Burj Khalifa and Dubai Mall in 15 minutes, which is really good. There is also water taxi services that you can take to the souks, such as the gold souk, which is a must do experience.

It is a really good hotel, whether you are in Dubai for business or pleasure, and is great for families too. There are complimentary shuttle services to Dubai Mall, the world’s largest mall, which is really convenient.

We stayed in the Junior Suite, which had a panoramic view of the creek, and was such a fabulous room, and a treat for my in laws, as this was their first time in Dubai.

The room was really spacious, the bathroom was really big and the room had its own living room area, which was so nice to relax in after a day of touring Dubai. Not forgetting that famous Sheraton Sweet Sleeper bed. This is my favourite part of staying at Sheraton hotels as you know exactly what to expect and honestly that bed is super dreamy. I always have the best sleep when I am away from my own bed in them.

 

The room had air conditioning, 2 TVs (one in the room and one in the lounge), a hairdryer, coffee machine, mini bar and safe.

Love how its so modern as well and that there are buttons to press for either making up the room or do not disturb. The traditionalist in me loves hanging up the sign though!

With the Junior suite, you also have access to the club lounge for breakfast, afternoon tea and happy hour, as well as a dedicated hospitality desk in the Sheraton lounge. In fact when we checked out, we did the formalities in the lounge sat in comfortable chairs which was such a different experience to the usual standing at the front desk and handing in your keys experience.

The Starwood hospitality as always is amazing and we were happy to indulge in this Chocolate Cake.

My favourite part about staying in hotels is the breakfast and the variety at Sheraton Dubai Creek was amazing. From fruits, cereals, cold meats, cheeses, cooked breakfasts and fresh juices, there was something for everyone. I especially loved eating parathas for breakfast.

 

You could eat inside or outside facing the pool. We alternated between the two while we were staying at the hotel.

Lounging by the pool was also nice and there were plenty of sun beds. You can catch glimpses of boats from here. It is not close to the beach, however, and the pool is on the slightly smaller side.

On one morning I even decided to blog from my room whilst admiring the view outside! There was complimentary wifi throughout the hotel.

On other days, I got my coffee and cake fix at the Lobby, which is the hotel’s coffee shop and area to relax. They also serve food here so if you fancy an alternative to the breakfast buffet, you can dine here. The omelette with avocado was my favourite.

There is also an Indian, Italian, Japanese restaurant as well as a Pub in the hotel. I also loved the bar area as it had a fabulous view of the creek. Friday brunch is a big thing in Dubai and the hotel offers some really good deals for this too.

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Sheraton Dubai Creek and found the service to be excellent, the food fantastic and the hotel perfect in terms of its surroundings as well as luxe interiors and amenities. If you don’t mind being far from the beach, and are after a different location in Dubai, then this hotel is really ideal.

For more information about Sheraton Dubai Creek click here.

Things to do in Dubai

 

Dubai is an ultra luxurious holiday destination with its opulent hotels, fine dining restaurants and high end shopping, beaches, a marina, creek,as well as state of the art entertainment venues and daring skyscrapers. It is also home to the largest shopping mall in the world and the highest building in the world.

Perfect for a holiday either as a final destination or a stop over, Dubai also benefits from year round sunshine. It is extremely safe and you do have to respect the culture and dress appropriately.

I have been to Dubai a few times and so this post is a combination of suggestions from my visits, of my favourite things to do.

Dubai Marina

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You can take a 7km long walk alongside the Dubai marina which has a whole host of restaurants, entertainment complexes and views of the various skysrapers and hotels. You can also take a dhow ride.

We enjoyed a lovely meal at one of the eateries whilst people and yacht watching.

The Burj Khalifa

 

You can take an ultra fast elevator to see Dubai from the tallest building in the world. Perfect for day or evening, the views are incredible. It is advisable to book your tickets in advance though, as this is a very popular activity.

From the 124th floor you can get a 360 degree view of Dubai, which is just breathtaking.

The higher floors are also fabulous and you have photo opportunities available too. If you happen to be there around 6pm you can also watch the Dubai Fountain show from up above, or alternatively head down for 6pm.

Desert Safari

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Dune bashing in a landcruiser – perfect for adrenalin seekers, as a 4×4 car takes you on a rollercoaster journey through the desert sand dunes. It is a must do and the perfect adventure before a lovely dinner in a Bedouin style camp, where you can watch belly dancers whilst you dine.

There are various types of packages available and options of types of cars depending on your budget, so there is bound to be something that appeals to everyone.

You can even go for camel rides in the desert or jump around in the sand like I did. Trust me it was lots of fun!

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Dubai Mall

Go shopping in the world’s largest shopping mall which has some of the biggest luxury and designer brands all under one roof. It also houses an aquarium, ice rink amongst a host of fabulous restaurants and coffee shops. We enjoyed a lovely coffee and cake break at the Armani cafe, before going up the Burj Khalifa, whose entrance is from this mall.

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Gold Souk – Deira

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All that glitters is gold – quite literally! You can find so much in this souk (market) but make sure you negotiate the prices. The government keeps an eye on the quality of the goods so you are safe in the knowledge that it is genuine.

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Burj Al Arab

The mythical ‘seven star’ hotel is definitely one of the most opulent I have seen! To gain access inside the hotel you have to have a booking at one of the restaurants or bars. However, you can also marvel at the architecture from various vantage points.

Pictured below was the view from dinner at Jumeirah Beach Hotel, part of the same group of hotels. I love seeing it at night as it changes colour and occasionally has a brief animation show.

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The view below was from Madinat Jumeirah, where we enjoyed a lovely lunch.

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Other ideas:

  • If you have enough time, a day trip to Abu Dhabi, which is only a couple of hours drive, is a must to see Ferrari world, Yas Island and the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque.
  • A day spent at Atlantis at the Palm, which has a water park, swimming with dolphins experience, restaurants, bars and shops.
  • A helicopter ride over Dubai for an aerial view.
  • Skiing at Ski Dubai!Yes really
  • Fine dining at one of the many amazing restaurants in Dubai.

Have you been to Dubai? What was your highlight?